Cervellopoli

After more than a year spent working on it I can finally announce that Cervellopoli, my first children’s book, is now published!

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Editoriale Scienza approached me back in 2015, asking me if I was interested in writing an introduction to neuroscience for younger readers. I had no experience in writing children’s books but thanks to their expert guidance (and a lot of help at the colors from my friend Marie De Beaucourt) I can say that I am very happy with the result.

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But the final judgement is now up to my new readers, so if you know a little Italian speaker please consider buying the book for them (I hope to have soon an English edition as well). Thanks!

Human Brain Project

For a long time I meant to write something about the troubled history of the Human Brain Project, the EU flagship project which promises to create a computer simulation of the human brain by 2023. I am interested in this project partly because computational neuroscience was the subject of my PhD and partly because I think it raises many important questions regarding scientific funding.

When last year Graphic-News asked me to draw an article for them I immediately suggested this topic and here is my first piece of graphic journalism! Now finally available also in English:

Human Brain Project Farinella

(Full disclosure: I am one of the scientists who signed the open letter to ask for revisions of the HBP project).

Vernon B. Mountcastle

This month neuroscience lost one of its great masters: Vernon B. Mountcastle, who first discovered the columnar organization of the cerebral cortex. His pioneering work has been awarded many prizes and laid the foundations for a lot of contemporary research in the field (including my PhD). Many excellent articles have already been written about it, but I wanted to pay my personal tribute to this great explorer of the brain. Here is how he would have appeared in Neurocomic, reaching new peaks of scientific discovery:Mountcastle Farinella LowRes

Neurocomic spring

I made this illustration of Cajal in a thriving neuronal forest for the cover of  Reader’s Bench magazine Spring issue. Amongst the many free contents you can also read an interview where I talk about the genesis of my books 6 gradi di separazione, and Neurocomic (well, at least if you can read Italian).

By the way, the 3rd of April an exhibition with original Neurocomic artwork is opening at The Cube, 155 Commercial street, London E1 6BJ.

Come and join us from 6:30 pm to celebrate neuroscience and Spring in their lovely courtyard!
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